Pete Zaitcev (zaitcev) wrote,
Pete Zaitcev

Oh not again

Fedora is mulling dropping the 32-bit x86 again, after the F26, which means I need to buy a new router. It's not like I cannot afford one... But it's such as hassle to migrate. I'm thinking about installing one in the background and then re-numbering it, in order to minimize issues. Even then, I cannot test, for instance, that VLANs work right, until I actually phase the box into production. It's much easier to keep a compatible 32-bit box mirrored and ready on stand-by.

In a sense, the amazing ease of upgrades in modern Fedora lulled me into this. Before, I re-installed anyway, and so could roll 64-bit just as easily.

P.S. According to records at the hoster, my primary public VM was installed as Fedora 15 and continuously upgraded since then.

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Have you considered converting the machine to a vm? it would move the work to setting up the vm, changing some interface names, adding vm support in the kernel and initramfs and possibly adding physical hardware to the vm machine.

it would make future changes, backup and revision control easier.

on a semi related note turris omnia is a very nice openwrt router that has lots of extras for techies including vlan and lxc container support, its design allows for some hardware upgrades and its maintained by a group of people from the CZ NIC